Review ~ Bared to You (A Crossfire Novel) by Sylvia Day
He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…
Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires.The bonds of his love transformed me, even as i prayed that the torment of our pasts didn’t tear us apart…
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
So, the big advertisement for this series is, “If you liked 50 Shades, you’ll love this.” Or something like that.
But while reading it, expecting a completely different experience, I, at first, felt like I was reading Twilight fan fiction. The falling, the comment about dazzling amongst other little things that I can’t remember now. Then I realized, it would technically not be Twilight fan fiction, this would actually be 50 Shades fan fiction. At least, that’s what it felt like. It had so many elements that were exactly the same.
Once I got past that and allowed myself to get into the story, I tried to connect with the characters. It was actually easy at first. I totally got Eva and how she felt moving from a small town into a big city and getting out there into the working world at her dream job. She and her bi sexual roommate come from very damaged childhoods and are truly breaking free.
Then we meet Gideon, mega mogul and extremely handsome guy (except I don’t like long hair on guys). He’s tempting, vibrates sex so much so that he’s like a live wire with sparks flying off him at all times. He starts off very clinical, unfeeling, toward Eva by saying stuff like, “I want to fuck you.” Okay, a guy I barely know, actually don’t know at all, says that to me and I’m turned off. There has to be a medium between being pushy and confident and it needs familiarity. You can’t just say something like that to someone you’ve seen twice. But anyway, Eva felt the same thing and although she wanted him too, she didn’t like his approach.
Gideon has a past and is also very broken like Eva and in the story she eventually shares her story with Gideon, he, however, does not. And they play this cat and mouse game so much it gave me whiplash. Then it ended, just like that, with no resolve or anything. I hate when books have sequels and the author just leaves you hanging like that.
This was really more of a 3.5 stars, but I rounded up because I was a bit addicted to the story and found myself needing to finish it. And it’s just a more polished and well written version of 50 Shades. It flowed and was pretty easy to read.
And even with all of those things I said above that made my opinion sound negative, I actually liked it. I recommend this for anyone that wants that bond between the love interests and wanted a more racy Twilight. If you liked 50, you’ll definitely like this.
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